RSPCA warning over dogs locked in hot cars

RSPCA warning over dogs locked in hot cars

The animal charity is urging dog owners not to leave their pets shut in hot cars, warning that temperatures inside can reach deadly levels in just minutes.

The warning comes just days after police in York were forced to smash the windows of a car to rescue to dogs trapped for more than half an hour in the blazing heat.

On Monday alone the RSPCA was called 167 times – around one call every eight minutes.

The largest number of emergency calls came from Greater London, Somerset and Wales.

Holly Barber from the charity said There is absolutely no reason or excuse that warrants risking your pet’s life by leaving them in a car on their own in this heat.

People don’t believe it will happen to them or they tell themselves they’ll only be a minute, but it simply isn’t good enough.

We’re pleading with people not to take the risk and to leave their pets at home where they will be safe and happy.

Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director of the RSPCA Inspectorate, told Sky News some of the excuses owners give are unbelievable

We’ve had excuses that ‘the dog is white so it doesn’t get affected by the heat as much’. ‘I left the window open’ which, again, when you’ve got such extremes of temperatures just simply isn’t sufficient. ‘My dog barks at home and annoys the neighbours so I’ve had to take him with me’…any of those – plus a whole load more – are just something we do find unbelievable.

Animal psychologist Roger Mugford takes no risks in ensuring his 12-year-old dog Bounce stays cool.

Wet towels, plenty of water and a hose-down are all on the list after a journey in the car.

He said leaving dogs in hot vehicles for just minutes can be deadly. It’s a horrible horrible death, he said.

And that death can come on within 10 minutes so it’s very rapid. A car standing in direct sunlight can exceed 50 (degrees) in two minutes and within ten minutes the temperatures will be up in the 70s and that can be lethal to a dog.

The RSPCA says if a dog appears in distress such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting – you should call 999 immediately.

If a dog dies in a hot car its owner can face six months in prison and an unlimited fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

News Source SkyNews

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